Renteria Won't Alter Approach With Revamped Sox

Renteria's goal is for the White Sox to "fight for the posteason" in 2020.

Bruce Levine
January 15, 2020 - 6:17 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- After an active winter and with the possibility that they could have the highest payroll in franchise history, the White Sox have seen their expectations increase significantly in 2020.

And that's a welcome sight for manager Rick Renteria, who expects to make some noise and be battling for a playoff spot until season's end.

"If you simply look at us on paper, we are a much-improved club," Renteria said. "Obviously we still have to do it. We still have to get this done. There is no magic potion other than guys going out and performing. My job is to put them in the best place possible and to be in a position to have success. My expectations have not changed. We want to fight for the postseason. We want to either win a division or fight for the wild card. Whatever the case may be, we want to put ourselves in a relevant position to win. If anybody is afraid of setting expectations, this is not the place to be. We want to win, and we have some players in place to go along with the players we have been developing. Our expectation is to win."

Renteria doesn't expect to lead his team any differently than in the past. He just expects better results with more veteran talent added in the form of left-hander Dallas Keuchel, catcher Yasmani Grandal, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and others.

The White Sox went 72-89 in 2019.

"My philosophy is not going to change," Renteria said. "What changes is the confidence that comes with some of the veteran players to help move the line along. On top of that, we feel the pitching will be more solidified. That means eating up more innings, keeping us in more ballgames. This year hopefully we will be in the situation of having our offense put us ahead and our pitching minimizes the damage from the other side. We still need to improve on the defensive side, which we will talk about from day one.

"The players are the ones that dictate the actions. In terms of me doing something different, I still love limitless baseball. That means we want everything that the players are capable of doing to get done. This means the players simply performing -- whether it's stealing a base, bunting, hitting the ball out of the ballpark or just moving a runner."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.